Pak human rights body expresses concerns over ‘jazia’ on Sikhs, minorities

June 6th, 2009 - 3:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Lahore, Jun.6 (ANI): The Pakistan National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) has expressed concerns over the imposition of ‘jazia’ on Sikhs and other minorities by the Taliban in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

The NCJP chairman Lawrence John Saldanha and Executive Secretary Peter Jacob have urged the government to take immediate steps to protect the minority community from the harassment being meted out by the extremists.

“The lack of safety and security to religious minorities, especially in Orakzai Khyber agency areas, is reflected through the incidents of harassment, religious taxation and their expulsion from these areas,” they said.

The NCJP, human right body of the Catholic Church in Pakistan, also asked the government to announce that Pakistan was a democratic country, where such discrimination and suppression could not be allowed, The Nation reports.

The commission also asked the political fraternity of the country to work to together to remove all discrimination on the basis of religion and faith.

“Such notion should be discarded once and for all by adding constitutional guarantees for non-discrimination and automatic nullification of the religious specific laws and policies except those to bring social justice,” the commission said. (ANI)

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